What is the Deep Web and How Do I Access it?


Only 4% of what is available for viewing on the internet is found using search engines like Google while 96% of the internet is accessed using special browsers.
Only 4% of what is available for viewing on the internet is found using search engines like Google while 96% of the internet is accessed using special browsers.

The Deep Web, also called the Deep Net, Invisible Web, or Hidden Web, is the portion of content on the World Wide Web that is not indexed by standard search engines. Computer scientist Mike Bergman is credited with coining the term in 2000.

Accessing the “Deep Web” is pretty easy.  Here it is in two easy steps:

  1. Download and install TOR Browser Bundle: https://www.torproject.org/proje…

    TOR Browser Bundle is a browser configured to use the TOR relay network, which anonymizes your connection through a distributed set of relays to prevent someone from learning your physical location and allows you to use sites which are blocked.  People use it to prevent websites from tracking their IP, or people in China use it get around the Great Firewall, for example.  The browser component is actually built using the Firefox codebase, so if you have used Firefox you will find it pretty familiar.  It comes properly configured and won’t install any malware or cruft on your computer, as it is written and maintained by freedom fighters, not some large corporation.

  2. Once you have TOR installed, open up the TOR browser, and go here:


    You’ll probably want to bookmark that in your TOR browser, unless you want to type in that URL each time.

That’s it.  You’re there.  That’s “The Abyss,” a sort of “Yahoo” (in the 1999 sense) to sites and points of interest around the Deep Web.  Feel like you are discovering the internet for the first time again!

Recommended: Read one of the links listed at the top of the page, entitled “How to Exit the Matrix.”

Here are some things that are need to know when it comes to the deep web. Only 4% of the websites that are out there are accessible by Google or Yahoo the other 96% of web content is in the deep web.


Exploring the deep web is something you should not do without careful planning and consideration. First of all, anything you see you will never be able to un-see. That’s just a brief psychological warning.

Secondly, many websites in the “deep web” are not legal to visit. Some people enjoy child pornography, snuff films, torture flicks, and other unpleasant kinds of socially unacceptable “entertainment”. The deep web is where the dredges of society get their material. The deep web is also the black market for everything you can imagine. Child trafficking, prostitution, drug dealing, organized crime; essentially anything which is illegal on the mainstream Internet relies on the deep web’s anonymity to continue operating.
These websites often change addresses frequently, and quite a bit of effort must be taken in order to find them. Because of the nature of these websites, their visitors are monitored. Although law enforcement may do their best to have these websites shut down, the deep web is under no legal jurisdiction (hence, the reason for the deep web’s existence). People who visit these websites without going to prison are employing certain precautions to avoid being tracked.
There are hardware and software methods to remain anonymous online, and people who browse the deep web with intent build a barrier of protection around their Internet identity.

However, someone who browses the deep web out of pure curiosity can also get into serious legal trouble (I hope your interest in the deep web is simply curiosity). Your intentions for visiting restricted websites are irrelevant to law enforcement.
Think of it this way, if you went to someone’s house out of curiosity to watch a murder, would your intentions for being there matter? Absolutely not, you would be hauled to court with any number of charges against you simply because you chose to be there voluntarily.
The deep web is no different, and the easiest people to catch are the “tourists”; the curious citizens who skip into the deep web without anything in place to keep their identity and location anonymous.

The deep web is not a tourist destination. If you are dead set on visiting the deep web I would suggest you look into what software and hardware you will need to browse anonymously.

However, many media outlets, including DeepDotWeb, have taken to using Deep Web synonymously with the Dark Web or Darknet, a comparison Bright Planet rejects as inaccurate and consequently is an ongoing source of confusion. Wired reporters Kim  Zetter and Andy Greenberg recommend the terms be used in distinct  fashions.
In the year 2000,  Michael Bergman said how searching on the internet can be compared to  dragging a net across the surface of the ocean: a great deal may be  caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is deep and  therefore missed. Most of the web’s information is buried far down on sites, and standard search engines do not find it. Traditional search engines cannot see or retrieve content in the deep web. The portion of the web that is indexed by standard search engines is known as the surface web. As of 2001, the deep web was several orders of magnitude larger than the surface web. An analogy of an iceberg has been used to represent the division between surface web and deep web respectively.
Non-indexed content
Bergman, in a seminal paper on the deep Web published in The Journal of Electronic Publishing, mentioned that Jill Ellsworth used the term invisible Web in 1994 to refer to websites that were not registered with any search engine. Bergman cited a January 1996 article by Frank Garcia:
It would be a site that’s possibly reasonably designed, but they didn’t bother to register it with any of the search engines. So, no one can find them! You’re hidden. I call that the invisible Web.

Another early use of the term Invisible Web was by Bruce Mount and Matthew B. Koll of Personal Library Software, in a description of the @1 deep Web tool found in a December 1996 press release.
The first use of the specific term Deep Web, now generally accepted, occurred in the aforementioned 2001 Bergman study.
Content types
Methods which prevent web pages from being indexed by traditional search engines may be categorized as one or more of the following:

  • Dynamic content: dynamic pages which are returned in response to a submitted query or accessed only through a form, especially if open-domain input elements (such as text fields) are used; such fields are hard to navigate without domain knowledge.
  • Unlinked content: pages which are not linked to by other pages, which may prevent web crawling programs from accessing the content. This content is referred to as pages without backlinks (also known as in links). Also, search engines do not always detect all backlinks from searched web pages.
  • Private Web: sites that require registration and login (password-protected resources).
  • Contextual Web:  pages with content varying for different access contexts (e.g., ranges of client IP addresses or previous navigation sequence).
  • Limited access content: sites that limit access to their pages in a technical way (e.g., using the Robots Exclusion Standard or CAPTCHAs, or no-store directive which prohibit search engines from browsing them and creating cached copies).
  • Scripted content: pages that are only accessible through links produced by JavaScript as well as content dynamically downloaded from Web servers via Flash or Ajax solutions.
  • Non-HTML/text content: textual content encoded in multimedia (image or video) files or specific file formats not handled by search engines.
  • Software: certain content is intentionally hidden from the regular internet, accessible only with special software, such as Tor, I2P, or other darknet software. For example, Tor allows users to access websites using the .onion host suffix anonymously, hiding their IP address.
  • Web archives: Web archival services such as the Wayback Machine enable users to see archived versions of web pages across time, including websites which have become inaccessible, and are not indexed by search engines such as Google.

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